And Then There Were Three

 

We’re going to be parents!!

We wasted no time at all starting a little family! Tom and I agreed not to put too much pressure and expectation on ourselves to conceive right after our wedding, so getting pregnant so quickly was a bit of a surprise.

We discussed when we would consciously start “working on it” and agreed that right after the wedding would be the best time.  We decided that I would come off of birth control in mid-August right before our wedding in September, to give my body, what we thought would be, several months to get it’s natural groove back.

I did use the P Tracker app to keep a log of my cycles and any weird things happening with my body during the “re-sync” stage. This was mainly to make sure that I was consistent and to know whether or not Tom and I would need to try alternative methods of conceiving down the road should it take longer than 6 months (according to my doctor) for anything to happen.

This little person growing in my tummy couldn’t wait very long and right after we returned from our honeymoon in October, tah-dah – I was pregnant. We confirmed all the weirdness and “something isn’t normal” feelings I had in mid-November when I took an at-home pregnancy test and saw two pink lines, confirming we were going to go from two to three, in nine months!

I don’t think it hit home for either of us. I mean, yea we saw two pink lines telling us we were pregnant, but I didn’t look it, and aside from my aches and pains, bloating, and exhaustion, I couldn’t feel anything in there. I didn’t feel pregnant other than all the symptoms I was/am experiencing. After our first ultrasound, it registered that there was definitely a little life in my tummy, but the fact that I couldn’t and still can’t feel anything still makes it feel a little unreal.

All I knew was that from when we had that two line confirmation, I needed to amp up my self-care and self-love (and so did Tom!). In the first trimester, everything we read about the first 12 weeks of pregnancy was that it’s the time of high risk for miscarriage. I knew that whatever was meant to be, would be, but I was determined to nourish myself as best as I could. This did become slightly challenging when I developed all day nausea for about 8 weeks and is now history in my 17th week. Each day gets a little easier and I can stay awake past 7:30pm.

As the days pass by and this tummy of mine is slowly growing, it’s starting to hit home. I wake up in the middle of the night a few times in the week with all kinds of things racing through my mind – will we be able to cope, will we be good parents, will our little one grow up to be someone who embraces all the best attributes one could hope for in a child they raise, like not being an a**hole, has a big heart, lots of will power, honest, determined, appreciates the gift of life, has a great set of values, and just a super cool soul? We can only try our best.

Tom and I already feel the immense support from family and friends with words of advice, encouragement and support, helpful tips, books, and pre-loved maternity and baby gear being freely passed on to us. We are both so grateful and look forward to sharing this time and adventure with you.

And in case you’re wondering, we’re NOT going to find out the sex! I’m itching to know and Tom wants a surprise – so we will wait until baby’s arrival for the big reveal.

 

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Our Wedding

Hard to believe it’s already been 4 months since we said I-do. It’s so true what they say – the day goes by so quickly! It’s unreal. I tried to put to use all the words of wisdom we got leading up to the day, and I’m so thankful for those tidbits of knowledge. We had the most incredible day ever and were so happy to hear our guests say it was “the best wedding I’ve ever been to – hands down.” What a compliment!

We couldn’t have re-lived the day without our beautiful photos taken by Christine Reid. Everyone loved her. She knew how to jive with us and our guests and was such a pleasure to work with. Christine was wonderful at capturing important details, including our handmade decor, candid moments, and so much emotion and personality of all our guests.

I hope you are able to enjoy our day as much as we did, at least a little, through our photos.

I was determined to have our wedding outside as planned. I put all my thoughts, wishes and hopes out there into the universe and asked for no rain during the ceremony and photos. I said  “after 7pm the weather can do whatever it wants because we will be in the tent.” It did exactly that. At 3pm the skies cleared just in time for the pre-ceremony photos, the ceremony, and remained that way until part-way through the dinner service, at which point it poured rain on and off for the evening. We were lucky it wasn’t windy and our guests loved that it added to the atmosphere.

Tom and I poured our hearts into DIY’ing almost every detail we possibly could, not only to save on costs, but to ensure it reflected us as individuals and as a couple.  If it was wood or paper – we made it! Clearly we love a good challenge.

Photo credit | Maid of Honour

We both had the most incredible day and couldn’t believe how amazingly everything worked out. The entire week called for rain on the day of, with (very) warm temperatures. We learned afterwards that there were warnings for hail and a tornado!

Photo credit | Maid of Honour

If I could relive the day (minus the planning part), I would. Over and over again.

Tent + Rentals | Encore Tents
Washroom trailer | Harris Septic
Florals | Dahlia May Flower Farm (custom made boutonnieres + bouquet. DIY centre pieces, aisle chair decor + arbour decor)
Caterer | Farm Girl Food
Cake | Dufflet
Wedding dress | Handmade by the Bride’s sister
Bride’s make-up | Mix Beauty Lab
Groom’s bow-tie + Pocket square | The Belle and The Beau
Wedding Party Shoes | ALDO (Pinterest “Inspired by I Do” contest grand prize winner)
Bridesmaid dresses | Twobirds found at LoversLand bridal store in Toronto, ON
Bride’s rhinestone belt + clutch purse |
ALDO (Pinterest “Inspired by I Do” contest grand prize winner)
Music | DJ Paul Martin
Officiant | All Seasons Weddings
Coach Bus | Tripps Unlimited

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What To Wear To An Office Holiday Party

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Deciding what to wear to the office holiday party is always somewhat of a challenge. At my office, what we do each year is always different, and this is what makes it’s a bit of a chore to figure out what to wear, especially if you go straight from the office into your celebration. I also have to decide on what to wear to Tom’s company party, but they do the same thing each year, so the “dilemma” here is going with a look that’s different than the year before.

Here are a few basic rules I follow when I’m trying to figure out the perfect ensemble for a company holiday party:

Time Of Day. Weekday Or Weekend.

The time of day and whether your event takes place on a weekday or on a weekend determines a few things. If your holiday party is during the day, on a weekday or weekend,  you are probably safe in wearing what you would regularly wear to the office, but this is also dependent on the venue and any activities planned.

If your party is in the evening, during a weekday, then you will most likely need to already be dressed for it when leave for the office in the morning, or bring a change of clothes and shoes. If your event is on a weekend, then you’re lucky to have the day to prep and get ready without the extra hassle of packing a change of clothes.

Do: Up The Wow Factor
Don’t be afraid to wear a skirt, pants, blouse or dress with a metallic finish or some sparkle.
Venue

You never want to be over or under dressed for the venue where your celebration is being held. Wearing jeans where they are not permitted or getting decked out for a pub dinner,  might leave you feeling a bit out of place.

Don’t: Bare It All
Avoid wearing a mini skirt and plunging neckline together. Do one or the other.

Will There Be Any Planned Activities?

If it’s a night of dancing, you want to be sure you are wearing items that are comfortable to move in. That doesn’t mean lose baggy clothes and ballerina flats, but opt for clothing items with some stretch and softness and invest in a pair of gel shoe pads that cushion your heels, toes and balls of your feet.

Do: Have Fun With Your Accessories
If you want to have fun and go bold with your accessories, choose one statement piece paired with simpler items.

 

Top Photo | ELLE

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Paperless Greeting Cards

send someone a love letter

 

With Christmas only 46 days away, I’ve started thinking about all the details I need to check off my list in preparation for the holidays. One thing that’s taken a regular spot on my “to-do’s” is mailing Christmas cards to close family and friends.

While sending a hand signed card in the mail is more personal, it can become costly if you have a large group of recipients. Paperless cards are free, and for more premium designs, they cost less then purchasing cards and paying for postage (especially if you live in Canada), and they are more environmentally friendly.

E-cards have a come a long way from what they used to be and definitely have more “pretty” appeal than when they first hit the scene. Here are a handful of my favourite e-greeting card sites:

Pingg

Pingg is a one stop shop. Here you can select between sending an invitation and keeping track of rsvp’s, sell tickets to an event, send and e-card or choose a design to send by mail. Pingg works with a community of over 250 designers (they are like Etsy for online greeting and invitations) to bring you the most stylish and eco-friendly greeting cards and invitations. There are various membership tiers available ranging from free to $70USD per year.

Evite

Although Evite is primarily for sending out party invitations and managing rsvp’s, it’s still a great option to sending out physical invites in the mail or by regular email. Evite also has thank you card designs to thank your guests after your party. They have free and premium designs to choose from, and if you don’t like anything, you can create your own. 

Downside to sending paperless cards
May end up in junk mail
Could be accidentally deleted (I do it all the time!)
You send it to the wrong email address
Not as personal as a mailed card

 

greenvelope

Greenvelope

Um. DROOL. Greenvelope is a whole other kind of eye-candy! This site leaves me speechless from their site layout, their story, and their designs. I could look at this site all day just because or for creative influence. They are a one stop site for sending invitations and managing rsvp’s, including details such as meal selections. The only downside is that it’s a fully paid service, there are no free options. However, I really like that with the more cards you send you get a bulk discount.
Image | Colin Cowie card design, Greevelope.com

Upside to sending paperless cards
Saves time + trees!
Can send to multiple recipients at once
Zero or low cost
Last minute “fix”
Good option for international friends and family.

Canva

Canva isn’t specifically for sending e-cards but it’s a great site for finding templates which you can customize to make your own greeting cards. It does also have an iPad app you can use to create your cards on the go. It has both free and paid options.

Smile Box

If you prefer animated greeting cards and invitations, this is the site for you. You can also create and share slideshows and collages. It’s a free service, but you will need to download the software to use it.

Paperless Post

Paperless post is an online stationary shop which allows you to send greetings and invitations, free or for a cost depending on the design. It lets you easily track rsvp’s and keep multiple events organized. My only dislikes about the service is the “coin” currency used to purchase premium cards and that it’s a bit tricky to navigate when you want to remove the paid features from your card or invitation design.

How do you feel about paperless greetings and invitations? Are there any noteworthy sites you use to send e-greetings not mentioned above?

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15 Pinterest Accounts For Wedding Inspiration

Long before getting engaged, I was planning my wedding on Pinterest. It’s, in my opinion, THE best online source for wedding planning and inspiration. It’s hard not to get lost in the beautiful photos of wedding dresses, décor, cake toppers…just about everything you could possibly need to plan yourself a beautiful wedding. And before you know it, a few hours have passed oodling over a bottomless page of wedding possibilities (you could have sworn it was just 30 minutes!).

So, whether you’re just day dreaming or he’s just popped the question, these wedding boards are sure to take your wedding planning to new levels.

 

MINT & MERLOT PAPER CO.



Fave board | Arches + Backdrops

 

ELIZABETH ANNE DESIGNS



Fave board | Stationary

 

WEDLUXE



Fave board | Cakes + Sweets

 

WED SOCIETY



Fave board | Chair Treatments

 

CHIC VINTAGE BRIDES



Fave board | Chic Vintage Bridal Accessories

 

THE LANE



Fave board | Ceremony Styling

 

FAB YOU BLISS



Fave board | Bridesmaids

 

BESPOKE BRIDE



Fave board | Bold Backdrops

 

WEDDING SPARROW



Fave board | Hair + Makeup

 

HEY WEDDING LADY



Fave board | Details To Adore

 

BULA BRIDE



Fave board | Creative Wedding Inspiration

 

GLAMOUR AND GRACE



Fave board | Escort Cards + Items

 

HELLO MAY



Fave board | The Hello May Bride

 

BAJAN WED


 
Fave board | Wedding Shoes-Heels

 

ROCK MY WEDDING



Fave board | Grooms

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